President Emmanuel Macron stressed that he would veto any attempt to revise the Protocol to avoid a hard border or extend “grace periods” on Brussels red tape. In comments that will likely stoke up tensions between the UK and EU, he said it was “not serious” to revisit the agreement. Mr Macron said: “I think it’s not serious to want to review in July what we finalised after years of debate and work in December.
“This is not an issue between the UK and France, it is an issue between Europeans and the UK.
“We have a protocol under which there is this Northern Ireland Protocol and we have a trade deal.
“It has been painfully discussed for years, and discussed, let me remind you, on the initiative of the British who decided to leave.”